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  • BobPalma
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    Originally posted by Bill Pressler View Post
    Also...that dark-colored '63 Daytona in the photo--is it me, or does it look like the white portion of the wheel covers had been painted to match the body of the car? They look too dark to not be showing any white at all, even with road salt and snow covering it up.
    Correct, Bill; that '63 probably does not have 1963 "Lark" wheel covers. 'Might be 1963 Hawk, or even 1957 full wheel covers; hard to see for sure.

    I can tell you from wandering the employee parking lots in South Bend during that time, few employee Studebakers had the "right" wheel covers for a given car's year and model.

    It was common for them to sport something from another year or model, an easily-changed "customizing" thing because so many sets and types of Studebaker wheel covers were floating around South Bend and available so cheap. Mix and match parts were common on employee cars. BP


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  • Bill Pressler
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    Also...that dark-colored '63 Daytona in the photo--is it me, or does it look like the white portion of the wheel covers had been painted to match the body of the car? They look too dark to not be showing any white at all, even with road salt and snow covering it up.

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  • Bill Pressler
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    About the rust on that '55--trust me, in NW PA, our '56 Chevy didn't look much better by summer '64. Rust-out over both headlights and at bottom of fenders. Probably not as 'dramatic' looking as the old Stude vertical 'stripe' of rust, though.
    Last edited by Bill Pressler; 02-11-2012, 06:32 AM.

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  • StudeMichael
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    Originally posted by comatus View Post
    ...drove through the Union picket line on purpose in a Mercedes Benz!

    I don't think that would have come into play. Mercedes was a Studebaker "captive brand."
    It actually did cause a big problem. Egbert ended up in a fist fight and got arrested!

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  • studegary
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    Originally posted by 8E45E View Post
    It really makes one wonder why they didn't pay more attention to rust-proofing; especially when the effects of road salt attack could literally be seen right out the front windows of the engineering building on a car that was only a few years old....

    Craig
    The problem was known at that time, and before. In the 1950s, cars were built assuming the original owner kept them for three to five years. This is what the manufacturers planned to. They wanted to keep selling new cars, not build something for a 50 year life.

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  • comatus
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    ...drove through the Union picket line on purpose in a Mercedes Benz!

    I don't think that would have come into play. Mercedes was a Studebaker "captive brand."

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  • BubbaBear
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    Whew! Thank God for the mute button!

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  • DEEPNHOCK
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    Here an interesting urban explorers video.... All still shots that have been seen before, but still interesting.
    (Turn your sound down)

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  • 8E45E
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    Originally posted by BobPalma View Post
    Ted and buddy Fred Robinson thought the best place to find an old '51 (this was in '61, mind you) would be South Bend. So they went to South Bend and intentionally spent a whole day driving around, up and down allies and everywhere they could think of, looking for any suitable 1951 Commander Starlight "core." There weren't any and they came home empty-handed.
    It really makes one wonder why they didn't pay more attention to rust-proofing; especially when the effects of road salt attack could literally be seen right out the front windows of the engineering building on a car that was only a few years old....

    Craig

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  • BobPalma
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    Originally posted by clonelark View Post
    With all the Studebakers sold in SouthBend, you'da thought they'd still be some sittin around, but after looking at that 9 year old 55 president i can see why they're all gone.
    Yep, Bob; so true.

    To wit: Ted Harbit likes to tell the story of looking for a 1951 Commander Starlight Coupe, from which he would ultimately build The Chicken Hawk, in 1961.

    Ted and buddy Fred Robinson thought the best place to find an old '51 (this was in '61, mind you) would be South Bend. So they went to South Bend and intentionally spent a whole day driving around, up and down allies and everywhere they could think of, looking for any suitable 1951 Commander Starlight "core."

    There weren't any and they came home empty-handed. BP

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  • Studebaker Wheel
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    Chris; Don't know if you have read or have access to the March and April 2009 Turning Wheels but if so you might find the two articles (2500+ words) in the Almanac feature a good start on your project.

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  • clonelark
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    With all the Studebakers sold in SouthBend, you'da thought they'd still be some sittin around, but after looking at that 9 year old 55 predident i can see why they're all gone.

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  • StudeMichael
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    Originally posted by Chris_Dresbach View Post
    There's actually a book about that. It's a crazy read, and probably would not happen by todays standards, but the entire line once shut down because somebody bought a competitors car...
    That reminds of Sherwood Egbert, President of Studebaker who drove through the Union picket line on purpose in a Mercedes Benz!

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  • StudeRich
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    Ya hafta wonder if that API Photographer was driving his White with Blue Interior, Heavy Duty Suspension '64 Daytona V-8 Wagonaire!

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  • Chris_Dresbach
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    Originally posted by BobPalma View Post
    Yep, Chris. If the photographer turned around 180 degrees and shot another photo, you'd see the little gray brick Fire Station / Guard Shack front and center. BP
    I need to do some digging about Studebaker's plant protection department. I want to write about it in the near future, but aside from a few photos I don't have a whole lot on it in my collection.

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